Panic disorder

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What is panic disorder?

Panic disorder is a specific psychological phenomenon characterized by sudden onset of anxiety (often unrelated to objective events), accompanied by autonomic symptoms such as tachycardia, paresthesia, flushing, and sweating.

Common symptoms reported by people with panic disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with panic disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
239
Tried for
panic disorder (202) anxious mood (135)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
138
Tried for
panic disorder (121) anxious mood (56)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
122
Tried for
panic disorder (91) panic attacks (56)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
97
Tried for
depressed mood (72) panic disorder (46)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
86
Tried for
depressed mood (79) panic disorder (10)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
82
Tried for
depressed mood (72) panic disorder (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
Tried for
anxious mood (67) panic attacks (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
anxious mood (38) depressed mood (30)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Tried for
anxious mood (42) depressed mood (18)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
pain (39) anxious mood (9)
3 more

Data from patients with panic disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with panic disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (117 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 36 more
Total evaluations
159
Tried for
panic disorder (202) anxious mood (135)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (57 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness tiredness 18 more
Total evaluations
74
Tried for
panic disorder (121) anxious mood (56)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (42 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue sleepiness 25 more
Total evaluations
65
Tried for
panic disorder (91) panic attacks (56)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (42 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) decreased appetite 44 more
Total evaluations
71
Tried for
depressed mood (72) panic disorder (46)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (55 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood increased energy 36 more
Total evaluations
71
Tried for
depressed mood (79) panic disorder (10)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (38 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with restlessness brain fog 41 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
depressed mood (72) panic disorder (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (30 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 10 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
anxious mood (67) panic attacks (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness insomnia 36 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
anxious mood (38) depressed mood (30)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (35 evaluations)
Side effects
lightheadedness sleepiness 13 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
anxious mood (42) depressed mood (18)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness anxious mood 15 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
pain (39) anxious mood (9)
3 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with panic disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has panic disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 48
20s 1246
30s 4116
40s 5103
50s 4478
60s 2139
70+ 485
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1555
20-29 years 1072
30-39 years 641
40-49 years 372
50-59 years 98
60-69 years 13
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4818
Female 12929

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5164
Not Diagnosed 2093

These charts show data from panic disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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